Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)


Parenthood in research: the CNRS is leading the way

Career - May 24

Issues linked to parenthood are increasingly featured in the media, particularly the impact of maternity leave on female researchers' careers. A whole range of parenthood measures have been implemented to deal with this issue throughout the CNRS. Here's an overview.

Life Sciences - May 23

Mechanobiology exerts creative pressure

Life Sciences

Numerous cellular phenomena are guided by mechanical forces, such as embryonic development or the spread of metastases.

Chemistry - May 20

Alexander Kuhn, the chemist who breaks the rules


The winner of the 2023 CNRS Silver Medal, Alexander Kuhn has marked the scientific community with his research in electrochemistry, which is of intere

Environment - May 9

Marine Protected Areas: only a third are effective


Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are designed to ensure the long-term conservation of marine ecosystems and the services they provide to human societies;

Research Management - Apr 30

Exclusive interview with Iliana Ivanova on the future of European research

In the run-up to the European elections, the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Iliana Ivanova, explores strategies for strengthening research in Europe in the face of global competition, focusing on collaboration, innovation and strategic autonomy, and the role of research performing organizations like the CNRS.

Health - Apr 26

A look back on mass surveillance during the Covid crisis

In March 2020, France was one of the countries that adopted the strictest lockdown measures in an attempt to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. The historian and sociologist Nicolas Mariot looks back at this experiment in mass obedience.

Life Sciences - Apr 24

Discovering cancers of epigenetic origin without DNA mutation

A research team including scientists from the CNRS 1 has discovered that cancer, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, can be caused entirely by epigenetic changes 2 , in other words, changes that contribute to how ge

Anthropology, a shared discipline

Social Sciences

Since 2022, anthropology has been in the spotlight at CNRS. Caroline Bodolec, the deputy scientific director behind this initiative, looks back at the main mediation actions around the discipline after it "put on a show" on April 30, 2024.

Pharmacology - May 16

Pharmacognosy brings nature to our medicine chests

Professor Mehdi Beniddir, both a researcher in chemistry and a pharmacist, explains how pharmacognosy makes it possible to develop new medicinal drugs from substances found in nature.

Innovation - May 13

CNRS at VivaTech 2024: basic research tackles the key challenges of tomorrow

A key player in deep tech, CNRS will once again participate in VivaTech, the largest European trade show of the year devoted to innovation, on May 22-25, 2024. Experts and partners of the institution as well as representatives of startups from laboratories under CNRS supervision will be on hand at this new edition to dialogue with the public and present outstanding new technologies in the realms of health, sustainable development, aerospace and the digital revolution.

Cell contraction drive the initial shaping of human embryos

Human embryo compaction, an essential step in the first days of an embryo's development, is driven by the contractility of its cells. This is the finding of a team of scientists from CNRS, Institut Curie, Inserm, AP-HP and the Collège de France. Published in the 1 May edition of Nature, these results contradict the presupposed driving role of cell adhesion in this phenomenon and pave the way for improved assisted reproductive technology (ART) .

Environment - Apr 26

The CNRS is coordinating the ’Climate, Biodiversity, Sustainable Societies’ programme agency

In December 2023, the President of the French Republic announced the launch of seven programme agencies. The CNRS was asked to coordinate the ' Climate, Biodiversity, Sustainable Societies ' agency. The agency's new executive director Elsa Cortijo explains the project's ambitions and spirit.

Gaia BH3, the black hole that shouldn’t exist

The recent discovery of a binary system containing an extremely rare object, the most massive black hole (apart from SgrA*) ever detected in our Galaxy, calls into question the models for the formation of these bodies.

Social change may explain decline in genetic diversity of the Y chromosome at the end of the Neolithic period

History & Archeology

The emergence in the Neolithic of patrilineal 1 social systems, in which children are affiliated with their father's lineage, may explain a spectacula

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